Spring is officially upon us, which means warmer weather and, inevitably, shorter bottoms! And what do you know – one of spring’s hottest trends embraces those short bottoms and turns it into a chic staples. Yes, ladies, the short suit is here and everywhere! Bold prints, bright colors, chic neutrals – so many styles and options to get your hands on to embrace one of the season’s biggest looks.
Here are 5 fantastic options to get you started:
Look 1: Classic and Clean
Thought short suits wouldn’t be appropriate for the office? Well here’s a great example to show you that they can be. If you’re office doesn’t enforce super strict length rules for bottoms then you’ll have no problem rocking this around work. Whether you have super long legs like this model or you’re on the shorter end (with me), this pairing will look classic and chic and get you through your day. For a more work appropriate look, pair with a crisp button up in anything from pink pinstripes to clean white or black cotton and some great classic nude or black pumps. For evening, try subbing in a graphic t-shirt or crop top and some sexy strappy metallic sandals. Accessorize as you like, but remember that belt to cinch in the waist to show off your feminine shape in those long, wide shorts.
ASOS Short in Crepe, $50.87
ASOS Oversized Blazer in Crepe, $101.73
TOTAL: $152.60 for set
Look 2: The Sporty Short Suit
If you’re looking for a sportier take on the short suit, this is definitely your look. The crepe fabric is light and flexible and the drawstring and panel detailing in this coordinated set will definitely get you looking in the athletic mood. The shorts may be a little too short for work (but if you’ve got a casual or fashion forward work environment then by all means rock this look out!), but you’ll get plenty of use out of this for weekends, cocktail parties, and vacation sightseeing. Style, again, with a white button down or add some punch with a nautical striped t-shirt or printed blouse. Add some fabulous loafers or sky high wedges and you’ve got yourself a sporty short suit look.
TOTAL: $805 for set
Look 3: Graphic
The perfect option for those who want some fun in their suit. This neutral, but chic, print is a great way to add some pop to your look without being too loud. The great thing about this suit is that it doesn’t need much. Pair this up with a slim fit neutral top to let the print speak for itself and add a great pair of pointed-toe heels for a sexy, ladylike look.
TOTAL: $620 for set
Look 4: Edgy-chic
Another great work appropriate suit thanks to the Bermuda short, but a little edgy thanks to the cool cutaway jacket. This look will work for day and night and just about everything in-between. What’s great about this particular suit is that it is a great palate for you to get as classic or crazy as you want and I love that. Keep it monochrome, add white to go super Parisian-chic, or add some color or print to spice it up a bit. Or pair with with metallics to make it sexy for night. Have fun styling a suit like this and really make it your own.
Total: $1,490 for set
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Look 5: Cool Contrast
If you’re not so into the matchy matchy look or you’re looking for something a little different, then try paring separates together. This is a great way to put your own spin on the short suit and it also really opens up your options. These Aztec shorts and blazer from topshop weren’t meant as a pair, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be.
Mixing and matching allows you to add some interesting texture, pattern, and color to your look that you may not get with a coord (aka coordinated suit). With this look, add a pretty peach shirt for some color or keep it simple with a neutral nude, black, or white. Pair with some stacked bracelets or layered necklaces and a great mid-heel pointed shoe and you’ve got yourself one hell of a short suit.
I’m really digging this look for spring and think it’s a great way to show off those gams. The short suit will help liven up your spring wardrobe by giving you a fun, yet classically chic look for work, night, or even those weddings you’ve got coming up. The best part is that you can work the separates so easily into your wardrobe to create a ton of new looks. Will you be suiting up short this spring? Share your comments below!
Emiko Vaughn is a personal stylist and wardrober from Cleveland, OH. She currently co-owns and operates personal styling company Lageson & Vaughn with her business partner, Kirsten Lageson.